Saturday, 19 August 2017

Albert Memorial Revisited


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A couple of weeks ago I posted a few photos from my trip to Kensington Gardens in London and, would you believe it, I've been back there again en route to enjoying a marvellous Afternoon Tea with the youngest Mr CK.  I thought I would try to find the bronze sculptures of tree stumps by Rob and Nick Carter, also mentioned recently, which are nearby but it was like looking for a needle in a haystack with all those trees in the park.  I had to give up in the end.

It's so beautiful there though and I thought you might like to see the Albert Memorial in a bit more detail.

It really is enormous, very difficult to get the scale from the photos.  With the restoration, it just sparkles in the sun.

Four Continents are represented by sculptures at the corners lower down from those shown in the photo above, you just can't get everything in the photo!

This is Europe by Patrick McDowell 

Asia by John Henry Foley

Asia again

Africa by William Theed
I had to dash off without a photo of America, sorry about that!

Across the road is the Royal Albert Hall, currently in the middle of the Proms season - 8weeks of daily classical concerts where you can queue up outside to get standing tickets to watch that day's concert for a cheaper rate. The last night of the Proms has taken on a traditional format featuring patriotic music and songs, the Prommers, or audience, are encouraged to bring flags, balloons, party poppers and you can hear the occasional horn as well, to create the great atmosphere.  Luckily, you can watch it on the TV too.

It always seems to me to be either the First or Last Night of the Proms and I'm always saying it can't be the Proms again already as the years scoot by!


Thursday, 17 August 2017

Back to the Basingstoke Canal


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At the beginning of the year, we enjoyed several days out walking along the towpath of the 32 mile long Basingstoke Canal, there's another 5 miles but that is no longer navigable.  The first time we visited, the water was frozen and the poor old ducks were waddling and sliding on top. Another time, the towpath went past Odiham castle.  We're keeping a note of the stretches we've done and hopefully we'll eventually get round to covering the whole distance. If you'd like to read my posts, they are under the Basingstoke label above.

This time we parked the car at Frimley Lodge Park where there are lots of facilities including a cafe, and set off towards Deepcut as we had already been in the opposite direction.

The sun was shining through the trees playing on the water.

The towpath changes to the other side of the canal past the bridge above so you have to cross over the road on the bridge and pick up the path again.  A little further along, Wharfenden Lake comes into view behind the gate, this is Lakeside Country Club in Frimley Green where darts championships take place.

There were some wonderful reflections in the mirror-like water. The water here is deep next to the steep embankment, giving Deepcut its name

This bridge had some graffiti.

After a bit, the first of the 14 Deepcut locks came into view.  The locks were restored over a 10 year period starting 1975 by volunteers and by unemployed school leavers through the Manpower Services Commission.

Seeing the first lock, number 28, you just can't resist walking to the end of the flight before you turn back to return to the car.

Finally lock 15 arrives, the end of the flight, where volunteers were busy repairing the footpaths.  Full of enthusiasm and keen for new members, they gave us leaflets and encouragement to join in and support the canal to save it from closure.  If you're interested to know more, here's a link.

Walking back the other way, you see things in a new light and notice the incline as the canal makes its way up the hill . . .

. . . and you can admire the houses whose gardens drop down to the waterside.

That's a few more miles crossed off the map!

Thanks for joining us.


Monday, 14 August 2017

Reading Rivers


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To start the new week after all the exhausting athletics in the London Stadium last week, we're taking a slow meander along the Thames in Reading.

Passing the Soggy Bottom, we head for Caversham Park Gardens, a beautiful spot for home made cake and a cup of tea all provided with proceeds going to a local charity.

Have a look at the Park by clicking on the photos to enlarge them.  There's some great specimen trees here, some of the borders had just gone over but the seed pods still provided some colour and interesting shapes.

Looking over the crinkle crackle wall at the allotments, we could see plenty of produce.

There were plenty of boats motoring past.

Leaving the Park, you can follow the river and pick up the path to cross the weir to the Lock, where quite a few boats were queuing up to move down the river.

Leaving the Thames near Reading Bridge to go through the streets near the town centre, it's not far til you find the River Kennet flowing behind the Oracle shopping centre.

An attractive wall of plants greets you by the entrance to the mall and the colourful flowers add a spot of pazazz to the nearby restaurants where customers were enjoying the sunshine.


Friday, 11 August 2017

Five on Friday - Colour


Thanks for visiting for another dose of Five on Friday.

This week I'm sharing my woolly escapades of the week.

One -  An Explosion of Colour

So exciting, a bag full of new Stylecraft Special DK has arrived.  What's the plan?

Two - Offcuts

I collect all the small woolly offcuts from different projects and then use them as stuffing for toys.

Three - Odds and Ends

Wool that is a little longer but still left over from the blanket making process, gets turned into this colourful piece.  I'll keep adding to it in the future until it reaches a good size.

 Four - Really Wild Tea Cosies

Looking for inspiration in my knitting books,  I enjoyed leafing through the pages of Really Wild Tea Cosies by Loani Prior.  Look at this cute rooster tea cosy, Pedro de la Pantaloon, it's enough to make breakfast a really jolly time.

Five - Kaffe Knits Again

Kaffe Fasset's books are terrific with so many colourful patterns to get you going.

I hope all this colour has brought a smile, it always does to me!

Have a great weekend.


Thursday, 10 August 2017



Nice to see you.

Do you like doing puzzles?

For the last month, Puzzle for Today has been running for BBC Radio 4 and can be found on it's website - there are brainteasers set by lots of different people and organisations for you to try.  Here's a link if you would like to have a go or catch up on all the previous puzzles.

Luckily, the answers are given the next day, so you don't have to puzzle for too long!


Wednesday, 9 August 2017

Dodging the Rain at the P by the S


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Down at the park, it's all fruit and berries this week.

 Leaves have just a small tinge of Autumn about them.

Trees are laden with berries, most of them not for eating.

An unusual insect has landed on the tree trunk.

The formal gardens still look beautiful, the cosmos and the other floaty plant that I don't know the name of, were the perfect choice to peek over the box hedges.

The magnolia grandiflora is at its best.

By the terrace, the borders are blossoming . . .

and the stars of the meadow flowers have changed again.

In a couple of weeks time, this year's outdoor theatre production will be taking place - The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe.  The audience will start the show in the theatre and then will follow the action out in the grounds.  Fingers crossed for a bit of sunshine.

oops, the set has caved in!